Introduction to the course
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Integrated border management, migration policies and cross-border cooperation
Integrated border management, migration policies and cross-border cooperation course encompasses an array of issues related to the EU’s Neighbourhood. It will cover cross-border cooperation tools within the EU and between the EU and ENP countries. It will similarly look at the EU’s migration policy, explaining the legal basis for the EU Member States’ and Agencies’ migration and border management strategies. The course will cover the role of fundamental rights protection in Europe and beyond, including the geopolitical context and cultural differences.
The course will include the following main topics:
- integrated border management and migration policies,
- cross-border cooperation,
- policy dialogue,
- human rights protection.
Cross-border cooperation is a universal instrument, which is applied not only in cooperation between EU member states but also in the Union’s relations with its neighbours and among non-EU countries. This course will explain, develop and show what cross-border-cooperation is and how it works in practice. Moreover, it will outline the role of CBC in the broader context of various EU’s policies, programmes and activities, discuss details of EU policies, tools and actions in the area of CBC, both on the intra-EU level and in relations between the EU and its neighbours.
It will also present the history of EU migration policy development and explain the legal basis for the migration and border management actions of the EU Member States and EU specialised agencies. Furthermore, it will develop key features of successful policy dialogue: leadership, ownership, collaboration, relationship building, communication, information sharing, flexibility, trust and transparency, particularly important in view of the migration policies and border management mechanisms. By providing examples of policy dialogues from ENP countries, the course will offer a number of hints on how to analyse the political context, develop networks, coalitions and partnerships as well.
Speaking about migration cannot remain outside the topic of human rights protection, an issue that always merits an in-depth investigation. Therefore, this course will explore as well the role of fundamental rights protection in Europe and beyond, including the geopolitical context and cultural differences. The meaning of fundamental rights, their specific features, types and status, as well all aspects of law regime shall be explained.